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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jan 20, 2009 11:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Playin In The Band - Near Dead

I've been a guitar player since I was a kid and although never "made it" I still enjoy a few weekends a year playing in bars or at special church functions. Strange as it may seem, I've never made any effort to pick up many Grateful Dead tunes...I suppose I could never do them any kind of justice. My wife's a classically trained singer, and I'm trying to break her of the habit, get her to gargle some whiskey and gravel.

Anyway, how many of us out there play, or play at playing an instrument? (No skin flutes, Dire.)

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jan 20, 2009 1:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playin In The Band - Near Dead

Mandolin and guitar for me.

Much farther along on the guitar than mandolin - teacher went off to law school at Wake Forest and was killed by a drunk driver last August - been real hard to pick it up and play. We had a memorial service for Scott with his wife and son and his family with a bunch of his former students. We all got together and played solos or small group stuff. One of his favorite Dead tunes was Brokedown and I played an arrangement I did for mandolin with two other students. That's the last time I've touched my mando. I just can't pick it up.

On the not so bummer side - I play guitar at church - having a tough time getting the music director to play bluegrass on the new pipe organ. We were short some choir members a few weeks ago and couldn't do the planned arrangement for communion. The director pops up over the organ, looks at me and mouths "Play something!!!!"

So for the next 5 minutes or so I noodled "Desolation Row" -after the service several people came up and said that it sounded very nice and that they hadn't heard the song before. I told them it was an old "traditional" tune.

No gigging yet.

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Poster: shorthopper88 Date: Jan 20, 2009 1:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playin In The Band - Near Dead

Im 19, and have been playing guitar for 5 or 6 years. I find that a lot of dead tunes, including covers, work out well for one guitar and voice. I know you rider, sugaree, ship of fools, peggy-o, me and my uncle, loser,mississippi 1/2 step, He's gone, Brokedown palace, are a couple of tunes that, with a little work, can be arranged for one guitar and voice, some are harder than others to arrange.
Since their repertoire is so intensely influenced, and includes, American folk and blues, many of their tunes can be broken down and arranged for a solo instrumenalist. After all, A LOT of American folk and blues was simply written with one guitar and one voice.
Just as an example, Samson and Dalilah is a traditional song, that bob weir learned from Reverend Gary Davis. The Dead (as we know) would play it as a very heavy, very intense rock song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46GlLOhQscs
This version requires SUPER-EXELLENT guitar skills. beyond my ability

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jan 20, 2009 7:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playin In The Band - Near Dead

nice call on that link! that made my night....

i can only really handle the 4 string, haven't but dabbled with guitar -- but forget all that. the real thing is that he is playing that guitar line AND SINGING -- and not feebly i may add..... it is indeed a factor more difficult.

and how about BOB WEIR -- he did a fine job picking out this tune for the big rock and roll arrangement, now didn't he?

IF I HAD MY WAY



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Poster: nagdot Date: Jan 20, 2009 4:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playin In The Band - Near Dead

played drums in a hair cover band lol, know a lil blues on bass, and can sing a few tunes. have sang a few gd songs. could play some of billy's drum tracks.

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Poster: edgehead 2 Date: Jan 20, 2009 1:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playin In The Band - Near Dead

Hey...I've been a fretless bassist for 25 years and a Head a little longer than that. Recently I've tended more toward original music but I’ve played lot's of Dead tunes (or Dead covers) over the years. Eyes, BIODTL, Mama Tried & Althea were great fun but the highlight was Cassidy>original>original>Cassidy. About 30+ minutes and the jams went way out there.

We also did a strange sort of medley song with song 'clips' jammed throughout the tune. We had this great part where the band jammed the Dark Star theme while the lead guitar played Black Sabbath's Sweet Leaf-very odd but it worked PERFECTLY.

I'm getting back into covers thee days and now have a fun Mountains of the Moon worked out. Love playing Dead. :) e

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Poster: boltman Date: Jan 21, 2009 11:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playin In The Band - Near Dead

Have played piano for years. My son bought me a BC Rich bass a few years ago and have been noodlin on that for awhile. My new favorite is the ukulele. Two grandkids and they just love it. My daughter lives in Hawaii and picked up a fairly inexpensive one out there. Lots of fun trying to adapt Friend of the Devil to uke.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jan 20, 2009 3:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playin In The Band - Near Dead

I play guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and do electronic music, with varying degrees of skill, lol. The first band I was ever in was a Dead cover band, so I know most of Jerry's and Bobby's parts (and a few of Phil's). This doesn't include Jerry's solos, of course, which cannot be duplicated with any amount of soul, by anyone, ever. I often play along to the 'set' parts while I'm listening, just as an exercise...

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Jan 20, 2009 6:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playin In The Band - Near Dead

I can vouch for Styro. I never mentioned it before, as I am just a lurker here, but I also play with whatever I can get my hands on... well almost everything.

Here is the only surviving recording from a setlist that also included:

I know you rider
Throwing stones

and a bunch of other eclectic covers...

http://www.archive.org/download/Eaglebutter/003Watchtower.mp3

This post was modified by NoiseCollector on 2009-01-21 02:48:04

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Poster: squirrel barker Date: Jan 21, 2009 3:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playin In The Band - Near Dead

Yes I play with the gitfiddle and a little standup bass(actually its kind of large).I have a regular music night with some friends I guess we're a bluegrassish type band couple of guitars,banjo,mandolin,bass,sometimes fiddle and occassionnally sax.Every now and then we'll play a local watering hole or be invited to play at a party or something usually for fun by which I mean free.We mix in a lot of Dead songs mostly country stuff but sometimes New Speedway Boogie or West LA Fadeaway.Its great old fun I guess that's why they call it playing music.To The Highest!

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Jan 20, 2009 1:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playin In The Band - Near Dead

I was a very accomplished horn player- trumpet and trombone- until some wise guy made some of my permanent teeth take an unlimited vacation away from my mouth- I could never play into a mouthpiece the same way again- so I dabble with bongos and also with an electronic keyboard- a one-handed virtuoso................NOT....it is fun,though- no shortage of drum circles here in California.

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Poster: northstar dead Date: Jan 20, 2009 7:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playin In The Band - Near Dead

I have been playin since knee high to a grasshopper.
Started out on the drums and evolved into guitar. It is my little "get away" in my man cave. I have been playin a Strat for @ 10 years. I play a variety of stuff, Floyd Clapton etc...but my two favorites are the Beatles and the Dead.
Mind you I am still a work in progress.

And sometimes when it is going right I channel Jerry, seriously.

This post was modified by northstar dead on 2009-01-21 03:55:02

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